A shelter in the storm: Acceptability and feasibility of a brief clinical intervention for suicidal crisis

Background: People attending the emergency department (ED) for suicidal crisis are at significantly higher risk of taking their own lives in the week following discharge. Aims: We aimed to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of implementing a brief clinical aftercare intervention provided through Allied Health Brief Therapies (AHBTs) Clinics. Method: Consecutive referrals (n = 149) to the clinics following assessment in […]

Predictors of parent behavioral engagement in youth suicide discharge recommendations: Implications for family-centered crisis interventions

The number of youth presenting to Emergency Departments (EDs) with psychiatric chief complaints has almost doubled in the last decade. With pediatric patients, ED brief interventions and discharge recommendations necessitate meaningful parental engagement to optimize youth safety and support. This study examined parent-level factors (stigmatizing attitudes, self-efficacy beliefs, distress symptoms, and illness-related stressors) in relation […]

Attempted suicide short intervention program influences coping among patients with a history of attempted suicide

Background: The development of individual coping strategies for suicidal crises is essential for suicide prevention. However, the influence of a brief intervention and the effect on coping strategies is largely unknown. This study aimed to investigate the influence of the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program on the development of coping strategies, in comparison to a control […]

Letters, green cards, telephone calls and postcards: Systematic and meta-analytic review of brief contact interventions for reducing self-harm, suicide attempts and suicide

Background: There is growing interest in brief contact interventions for self-harm and suicide attempt. Aims: To synthesise the evidence regarding the effectiveness of brief contact interventions for reducing self-harm, suicide attempt and suicide. Method: A systematic review and random-effects meta-analyses were conducted of randomised controlled trials using brief contact interventions (telephone contacts; emergency or crisis […]

Mechanisms of action contributing to reductions in suicide attempts following brief cognitive behavioral therapy for military personnel: A test of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of suicide.

Brief cognitive behavioral therapy (BCBT) is associated with significant reductions in suicide attempts among military personnel. However, the underlying mechanisms of action contributing to reductions in suicide attempts in effective psychological treatments remain largely unknown. The present study conducted a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial of BCBT versus treatment as usual (TAU) to […]

Testing brief intervention and phone contact among subjects with suicidal behavior: A randomized controlled trial in French Polynesia in the frames of the World Health Organization/Suicide Trends in At-Risk Territories study.

The World Health Organization Suicide trends in at-risk territories study is a multi-site regional research program operating first in French Polynesia and countries of the Western Pacific, then extended to the world. The aims of the study were to establish a monitoring system for suicidal behaviors and to conduct a randomised control trial intervention for […]

Assessment Rates and Compliance With Assertive Follow-Up After Self-Harm: Cohort Study

This study identified the proportion of self-harm episodes that resulted in assessment by a specialist self-harm team & offers, attendance, & completion of brief therapy, & the factors associated with these treatment options. A prospective cohort study of 717 hospital presentations of self-harm was conducted. Rates of assessment, offers, & completion of therapy ranged from […]

Brief Intervention for Deliberate Self Harm: an Exploratory Study

The objective of this study was to develop & explore the effectiveness of a 4-session intervention that combined elements of acceptance & commitment therapy with elements of solution focused brief therapy to prevent deliberate self-harm in adults. An experimental pilot study with follow-up assessments at 4- & 6-months after baseline was conducted using a random […]

Supportive Short-Term Family Therapy by Nursing Staff in the Inpatient Unit: Preventing Dependence and Rehospitalization in the Acutely ill and Suicidal Adolescent


Brief Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT-B) for Suicidal Behavior and Non-Suicidal Self Injury

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a shorter course of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in enhancing treatment retention & reducing urges to engage in non-suicidal self-injury, non-suicidal self-injury, suicide ideation, & subjective distress in borderline personality disorder. 20 patients with borderline personality disorder received a six-month course of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. All variables were measured at […]

Dropout in Institutional Emotional Crisis Counseling and Brief Focused Intervention

Effectiveness of Psychosocial Treatments on Suicidality in Personality Disorders

OBJECTIVE: Axis II disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, are highly associated with suicidal behaviours. This paper aims to evaluate treatment of suicidality in borderline personality disorder. METHOD: Systematic review of the empirical literature on the clinical effectiveness of psychosocial treatments in reducing suicidal behaviours in patients with personality disorders. A summary of empirical findings is […]

Brief Intervention Strategies for the Prevention of Youth Suicide

Brief Cognitive Therapy for Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents: a Critical Comment


The Efficacy of Aftercare Strategies for Patients who Have Attempted Suicide: a Review of Relevant Literature


Brief Home-Based Family Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents: a Randomised Trial

Published in “The Suicidal Process: Challenges for Treatment and Prevention”

Psychotherapy for Patients With Suicide Risk – a Catamnistical Examination

Published in “The Suicidal Process: Challenges for Treatment and Prevention”

Efficacy of Brief Telephone Psychotherapy with Callers to a Suicide Hotline

Cost-effectiveness of Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Versus Treatment as Usual in Recurrent Deliberate Self-harm: a Decision-making Approach


Randomized Controlled Trial of Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Versus Treatment as Usual in Recurrent Deliberate Self-harm: the POPMACT Study


Predictors of Outcome Following Brief Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy for Deliberate Self-Poisoning

The authors explore which baseline factors predicted outcome following treatment in deliberate self-poisoning patients undergoing psychodynamic-interpersonal therapy (PIT), with severity of suicidal ideation 6 months post-treatment as the main outcome measure. They found that predictive factors were severity of suicidal ideation, anxiety & prior history of self-harm. (21 refs)

A Controlled, Problem-Solving, Group-Based Intervention With Vulnerable Incarcerated Young Offenders

This article examines if incarcerated young offenders in Scotland display impoverished problem-solving abilities. Various types of young offenders were examined such as those at risk of suicidal behaviour, & those on formal protection due to an inability to assimilate into society. Deficits in problem-solving skills appear to be significantly correlated with levels of anxiety, depression, […]

Storying the Suicide of One’s Child

Using selected concepts from Judith Herman’s trauma model, psychoanalytic theory, & narrative theory, the clinical work with a grief-stricken couple attempting to understand the suicide of their 26-year-old son, is presented. Within a short-term therapy, the goals were the deconstruction of a guilt-saturated narrative about the trauma, & the construction of an alternative narrative. (11 […]